Post # 1
For the last couple of months, my eyes have become increasingly irritated, no matter what I do. I am on 3 allergiy medications, Singulair, Verimyst, and some antihistamine prescription eye drops, and things were fine until around Christmas when my eyes started staying puffy no matter what, and now it’s March and regardless of what I try they STAY puffy, itchy and red. It’s not really the eye – it’s my eye lid, along the lash-line.
I’ve tried cold creams, eye creams, caffine rollers, tea bags (don’t have cucumber) aloe, ice, taking Benadryl as advised by my Dr. for really bad days,, not putting anyhting on them at all, new makeup, no make up, no contacts, new contacts – and I still look like I’ve been on a bender every night. I hardly ever drink, don’t smoke, and haven’t been going outside much to avoid allergens – and am trying to keep house allergy friendly.
I’m so tired of looking, well, tired and/or hungover every single day – people ask me what I’ve been up to, and I’ve been up to nothing because I’m feeling so self councious about my eyes.
Anyone have any suggestions? I have a Dr.’s appt in a few weeks, but can’t be seen any sooner. It’s my birthday and I look 20 years older thanks to this – yuck AND have a dinner and wedding to go to this weekend, and don’t want to feel I have to hide behind my glasses to conceal this.
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Post # 4
do you know exactly what you’re allergic to? is it possible you’re allergic to something else – you can develop allergies as you get older.
Post # 5
It’s entirely possible that your laundry detergent is causing your issues. My Future Sister-In-Law had an issue where her entire eye area was red and angry looking. The cause ended up being that she was using those Purex 3 in 1 laundry sheets and the resdue that was left on her face clothes was iritating the skin. Once she got rid of that stuff and started using the “free and clear” stuff it all went away.
Post # 6
I get similar symptoms and Zaditor eye drops help a lot. You can buy it at the drugstore so you don’t need to wait to see the doctor.
Post # 7
You said you already tried new makeup / periods of no makeup, so this MIGHT not help, but I’ll share my recent experience anyway just in case!
I started having VERY similar symptoms..specifically annoyingly itchy lash line. I wear contacts daily. I too tried no contacts, no makeup, etc. and it would help…for a few hours maybe. What finally helped me was (1) discontinuing use of all “exciting” eye / near eye makeup…i.e. tossed my volumizing mascara and super fancy undereye concealer and went back to using all basic clinique products ANd (2) went to the eye doctor and was given a prescription for some eye drops that really helped reduce the inflammation in my eye.
I honestly think one of the products was mildly irritating my eye, and simply discontinuing it for a short period of time was not enough. Is your new makeup pretty basic or does it still have fragrance / dramatic/ volume / etc somewhere on the package?
Hope you find a solution..I know first hand how annoying / painful / just all around icky that feeling is. 🙁
Post # 8
@kitzy: I’m allergic to pretty much everything – it’s gotten worse over the last year – I avoid other people’s pets and wash my hands a lot when touching my own because I’ve gotten to where my entire face swells up when in contact with new animals/super duty-pollen-y days.
@almostmrsc: I’ll look into the detergent. I’m pretty much a creature of habit, but we have had to buy different ones now and then when our regular store is out or we’re at another store.
@CO528: I will look for these tonight.
@musthavedietcoke: My makeup is pretty basic – I hardly ever wear mascara and have used Cover Girl foundation since the 90s.
One thing I HAVE done differently is I started using Proactive a few months ago, but I don’t get it near my eyes. Could it still affect them?
Post # 9
I also have allergy related eye issues, and when they flare up, my goodness, it looks like I got punched in the face. I’ve been using Visine-A Eye Allergy Relief drops, and they’re working pretty well. I also changed mascaras and that seemed to help a lot. Good luck!
Post # 10
@Isilme: I’m not sure but if nothing else ends up helping it might be worth a shot at some point. I know it would be frustrating to mess up your skincare routine and have it not work though!
During my issues a couple people in my family told me they took about a month to develop a reaction to new products so it is definitely possible…
Post # 11
Ok – good news – found Zaditor at the grocery store, and rememberd to buy some dang cucumbers and my eyes, while still not yet at their best, don’t look like I’ve been boxing while drinking heavily. Yay!
Thanks for all the advice!